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The North American Free Trade Agreement

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Generally speaking, 2017 has been a good year for business, with consumer confidence on the rise, the stock market hitting all-time highs, and hundreds of thousands of jobs being added each month. If there’s one area that business owners need to exercise caution and thoughtfulness, however, it’s in regards to their supply chains, which could be greatly affected by a ... Read More »

How To Build A Smarter Warehouse

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the business world—specifically retail—has undergone a massive change over the last few years. The way we shop has been altered dramatically, and as a result the way companies produce, store, and ship their inventory has changed as well. With everything else in our lives undergoing a technological overhaul, it’s time ... Read More »

How To Keep Your Supply Chain Secure In the Hacking Era

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Whether it’s concerns about Russian influence in elections, North Korea’s ability to infiltrate corporate emails, or bugs and malware that attack businesses that are supposed to safeguard consumer information, hacking and cyber security are all over the news. These are big, scary concepts, and most small business owners likely don’t realize just how much they too are at risk for ... Read More »

Spotify Shows How Businesses Can Better Use QR Codes

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Barcodes aren’t sexy. We all know that. But for decades, they didn’t have to be: They were used primarily by businesses to track the location, status, and price of their inventory and assets. But that’s changing, and we’re seeing companies like Spotify and Snapchat reimagine how barcodes can be used by businesses and customers alike. The New, More Beautiful QR ... Read More »

What To Do With Your Distribution Center Metrics?

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To run a successful, small business, it’s imperative that your distribution center (DC) runs efficiently.  After all, the health of your business and the satisfaction of your customers depend on you having popular items in stock and orders shipped on time. Perhaps in the past year, you’ve moved from manual inventory tracking, like spreadsheets or handwritten records, to an automated ... Read More »

Supply and Demand Meets Consumer Demand

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Changes in the supply chain and how the modern consumer continues to influence its progress Do you remember the days of old when you would mail in a slip of paper and a check? In exchange, you could expect a package to grace your doorstep – within about two months. Then came toll-free, call-now numbers that could take your credit ... Read More »

How the Sharing Economy Has Changed the Supply Chain

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  There was a time not too long ago when the thought of getting into a stranger’s car, or sleeping in their bed, was unthinkable. We only trusted cab drivers to ferry us from place to place, or hotels to rent us rooms when we were away from home. Today, we consider these things relatively normal, thanks to the work ... Read More »

‘Tis the Season To Prep 2018 Taxes: Asset Management Can Save You Time

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Tax season has passed and next April will come along before you know it. Did you collect your gross receipts and banking statements? Travel expense logs? Equipment vouchers? The equipment itself? Maybe? What about inventory documents? Did you gather them together? Can you find them all? Leases? Payroll accounts? Insurance information? If you rely solely on your accounting or, even worse, ... Read More »

How Small Businesses Can Survive the Age Of Free Shipping

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It’s not easy for small businesses that sell online—or exist at all, really—to survive in the shadows of retail giants like Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target. The giants have too much economy of scale, bigger advertising budgets, and cozy relationships with logistics companies that cut them deals. No part of the online shopping industry represents this advantage better than the concept ... Read More »

The Biggest Supply Chain Trends

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We’re still just starting the year 2017, and already there are some important supply chain trends to take note of. This is a space that is always in flux—those involved in logistics are constantly looking for the next big advantage or step forward in technology to cut costs and increase efficiency—but 2017 feels like we’re on the precipice of even ... Read More »